TRAVEL: Lantau Island 大嶼山 and Tai-O 大澳, Hong Kong (September 25, 2015)

Lantau - View from Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Lantau Island (大嶼山)

  • Ngong Ping 360
  • Po Lin Monastery
  • Tian Tan Buddha
  • Wisdom Path 

Ngong Ping 360 is one of Hong Kong’s newest attractions. The cable car takes you from the terminal in Hong Kong to Ngong Ping Village in Lantau Island, allowing an aerial view of the lush verdant landscape surrounding the bronze Tian Tan Buddha. At Ngong Ping village, you can explore the various attractions: Walking with Buddha and Motion 360.

Ngong Ping 360 Village

Nearby you can ascend several steps to the Tian Tan Buddha surrounded by various deities presenting offerings to the Buddha.

Lantau - Road to Big Buddha

Big Buddha's Deities & Their Offerings

Erected in 1993, the Tian Tan Buddha, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, faces north toward mainland China. The statue is modeled after the sculptures found in the Longmen Grottoes, which date from the Northern Wei to early Tang dynasties.

Lantau Big Buddha
The nearby Po Lin Monastery is considered the “Buddhist World in the South.”

Lantau Temple

Incense Burning outside of Po Lin Monastery

After a tiring walk to see the Buddha, one can enjoy a vegetarian lunch at the vegetarian kitchen next to the monastery. Perhaps you may also see visiting Buddhist monks from other temples.

Lantau's Visiting Monks

The vegetarian kitchen serves enough dishes for the amount of people sitting at the table so there is no waste.

Lantau Pilgrims' Fare - Vegetarian Dishes

Lantau Pilgrims' Fare - Vegetarian Sausage

The dishes are flavorful and seasoned well. After lunch, you can take a walk to the scenic hiking area called Wisdom Path. Towering over you are 38 monuments of well-known sutras written in Chinese calligraphy. They are arranged in a figure eight pattern, which represents infinity.

Lantau - Infinity of Sutras

After reflecting on the sutras, we headed back to Ngong Ping village to take a local bus to our next stop at Tai-O Village. The overall bus ride took 20-30 minutes.

Tai-O Village (大澳)


Tai O Fishing Village

Tai-O Village is a historic fishing village home to the Tanka people– who have lived here for generations. Their houses are built on stilts on the sandy banks. Their local markets house dried fish and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O Fishing Village - Dried Wares

Tai O Fishing Village - Puffer Pufferfish

At the village, you can try a Hong Kong specialty, egg waffles (雞蛋仔), grilled by a charcoal fire from this local master. They tasted much better than the typical fare at boba chains, such as Quickly.

Tai O Fishing Village - Cool Egg Puff Master

It takes about 2-3 hours to walk the length of the village. At the end, you can see how the modern buildings clash with the historic ones.

Tai O Fishing Village

As it neared the evening, we said farewell to the village and took the local bus back to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

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